Better than an Ordinary Sleepover

Grandma Kc wrote this on July 22nd, 2013 12 Replies

I am constantly reminded how lucky we are. Amara and her Mommy and Daddy are only one mile from us. We can pretty much see them whenever we want. I’ve written before about how being so close by means lots of ordinary sleepovers. This has been much more than an ordinary sleepover, it has been an ordinary week. A week that included getting to spend a lot of time with Amara and her Mommy doing ordinary stuff. Seriously, everything is more fun when being done by three generations!

Our week included a trip to Old Navy where the young lady running the fitting room asked where we were visiting from? We were having too much fun. We couldn’t be locals we had to be on vacation shopping. We really do have fun when we are out.

I also got to go with Jenna to her doctor’s appointment. I love going with them and keeping Amara company while Mommy is with the doctor. She brought her sketchpad along and in between drawings she told me stories about My Little Ponies. Just girl talk, nothing special (just the best part of being a Grandma).

We left there and headed to the grocery store. Shopping with Jenna and Amara is so much more fun than shopping alone. Amara picked out cookies that we would have for dessert that night and Jenna struck up a wonderful conversation with a lady in frozen foods who was buying ice cream Drumsticks for her 95 year old Father who “eats one every evening and has perfect cholesterol and blood pressure!”

Later that day Amara’s Daddy dropped her off at our house after Tae Kwon Do. She was very excited as she has another belt test (purple) next Friday. She had fun showing us her forms but she was anxious to go see if the girls were home and if they wanted to come over and get wet. It was after 6 PM and cooling off but she was pretty hot from TKD and wanted to cool off. The girls were there, suits were grabbed, tubs were filled, squirt guns were loaded and they had a blast.

But could they come inside and play? While they were all certain they were dry and if they weren’t that they could just stand up I did make everyone go home and change into dry clothes first. They were all so well behaved but they weren’t quiet! They were 4 squealing girls! Playing games inside was a bit more difficult than playing outside. It is hard to find a game to play that would work for an 11 year old and for a 5-year-old but it didn’t really matter. The girls were really more interested in seeing the house – and seeing Amara’s toys. The little ones even played with my windup ladybug collection. They were all fascinated with the calendar of Amara that hangs outside the office. Later that night Amara suggested we make them one from all the pictures I have taken but we have decided we are going to make them a photo book instead and order a second copy for Amara to keep! Don’t tell them.

They/we played until 8:30 when we finally walked the girls home with flashlights and glow in the dark torches in hand. It wasn’t dark yet but it made it more fun. We had a late dinner and watched part of a movie. Amara was off to bed at 10 PM and sound asleep by 10:01. We didn’t hear another peep until 8:30 the next morning!

She needed that good night’s sleep as we had plans! Sunday was her Daddy’s birthday but we were starting the celebration a day early by making him and Mommy a special late morning breakfast. We really do have fun cooking together and breakfast has become one of our most favorite things to do. We were going to make Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole – a recipe her Mom had suggested. It was the perfect recipe as Amara could do 99% of it under my watchful eye. She had a blast cutting up the canned cinnamon rolls with the pizza cutter, beating the eggs with cream and more cinnamon and dumping all of this on top. She even drizzled the icing over it after it cooled. My only real job was to get it in and out of the oven. Oh, and to make the bacon and keep Amara and Grampy from trying to steal it before Mommy and Daddy arrived! Our breakfast was wonderful and it was a great start to her Daddy’s birthday weekend.

We did all of this together this week. Nothing ordinary about any of it!

This post has been linked to the GRAND Social blogging event at Grandmas Briefs.

12 thoughts on “Better than an Ordinary Sleepover

  1. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    Easy breezy generational gatherings sound like THE best way to spend a weekend. You and yours seem to have an admirable comfortableness with one another wherein doing nothing special becomes the very most special thing of all. Exactly the heartwarmer I needed first thing this morning. Love it!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I thought of you and Sandy so much when I wrote this. I know it is the everyday stuff she wishes she could do with her grandchildren but can’t because they don’t live a mile away.

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      1. Sandy

        I do wish I could do the everyday stuff with my grandbabies – and all those little moments of just ordinary stuff. Believe me, I cherished the 4 days I visited them in Virginia recently. We really didn’t do anything exciting like sightseeing or trips to the zoo. It was too hot to be out and about, so we spent a lot of time playing Monopoly and just being together at their house. It was so ordinary, yet so special and memorable all at the same time! One very special memory was sleeping in Kendal’s bed with her, holding hands and talking until we both fell asleep at night. 🙂

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  2. debra

    Amara already has so many special memories with you …I think that baking will always be one of the best and what is great is that she’s learning so much as she goes along. She’ll be a great cook and baker when she’s grown up due to all of the experience that she is getting now with you! 🙂

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  3. Susan Adcox

    I agree that it’s fun to do special things with grandchildren, but it’s also fun just to hang out with them. Their lives tend to be stressful and busy. I think a grandparent’s house is a great place to decompress.

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  4. KImberly

    My 93 year old aunt also enjoys a daily drumstick, it’s a nice follow-up to her lunch hotdog!
    I’m amazed at the difference in the noise when outside play is moved inside.
    I have two sets of grandkids within five miles and one that is a35 to 40 minute drive and I feel that difference. It does affect the spontaneity, but thankfully, I still see him often.

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  5. Judy@grandparentsplus2

    Family time – it is so special there really isn’t a word to describe it. And, yes, I think Amara will think of you with a smile on her face and love in her heart when she creates meals for her family down the road.

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  6. Carol Covin

    What a wonderful way for Amara to see how other households work and the decisions other adults make to run their families. Just by being ordinary, you are expanding her world. BTW, just ran across a way to make rainbows anytime you want – stand with the sun behind you, so you can see the shadow of your head on the ground in front of you, pick up a garden hose and turn it to spray, pick it up with either hand straight out to your left or right, bend your arm at the elbow about 3/4 of the way toward your chin, then spray the water across the top of your shadow head. You should see a rainbow in the spray.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      What a great idea — thank you! Amara will be here next weekend and we will definitely try this out. Now if you could just figure out a way to get the Unicorns to show up!

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